2025 Rabun Gap-Nacoochee (SC) quarterback Gavin Owens first made his way to Maryland this season for the week two win over Charlotte, when the 6-foot-4, 205-pound junior picked up his first Big Ten offer. Owens returned to College Park alongside his family for Saturday’s loss against Michigan, but spending the day in College Park gave him another perspective into one of his early suitors.
“I was mainly there the whole day. I got there around 9 o’clock, stayed and hung around, talked to some of the recruiters then got a chance to talk to some of the coaches after the game,” Owens told IBG. “The atmosphere is just electric. Fans are always into it. Even today, the team went out and fought and almost came back but came back. I loved the atmosphere and everything, the environment.”
A pair of visits has also given Owens a chance to watch the offense and play style under Mike Locksley, and although the Terps have struggled to run the ball consistently this season, the South Carolina QB took note of the balanced approach with his skillset fitting into the scheme.
“Maryland, they do a good job throwing the ball, they run the ball. They do everything. It’s more of a balanced offense and I can fit in that. Sometimes Taulia has to run, but most of the time he’s sitting in the pocket throwing the ball.”
Inside linebacker coach Lance Thompson has kept in touch with Owens while offensive coordinator Josh Gattis has been able to chip away at the early relationship. But it’s been recruiting analyst Ebenezer Mesfin whose paved the way to give the Terps establish a tight knit relationship. “Coach Thompson, we sends me graphics too but I talk with EB the most. I really like the staff at Maryland. They do a good job of keeping up with me,” Owens added.
Owens will close out his fall visits with a trip to Louisville next weekend when they host rival Kentucky.
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